February 06, 2012

What to Do Alone Across America

With the exception of twins and double suicide pacts, we're born alone and we die alone. And whether you're visiting a new city by yourself or have no plans in your hometown, there's plenty of fun to be had solo.
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Best known for its long winters, lakes, and to a certain demographic, as the ancestral home of Brandon and Brenda Walsh, Minneapolis is also America's most bike friendly city. If you find yourself alone in Minneapolis, take advantage of their bike share program, NiceRide, which is the the largest in the country.
Nice Ride MN
Best known for its long winters, lakes, and to a certain demographic, as the ancestral home of Brandon and Brenda Walsh, Minneapolis is also America's most bike friendly city. If you find yourself alone in Minneapolis, take advantage of their bike share program, NiceRide, which is the the largest in the country.
Caught in Phoenix for an air-conditioning  convention? There's more to do than drive around and hike. Surprisingly for a city built around a highway, Phoenix is home to some architectural treasures, including Frank Lloyd Wright's winter workshop, Taliesin. Tours take up to three hours, and since guides don't allow talking, you won't even notice that you're alone.
Niki D'Andrea
Caught in Phoenix for an air-conditioning convention? There's more to do than drive around and hike. Surprisingly for a city built around a highway, Phoenix is home to some architectural treasures, including Frank Lloyd Wright's winter workshop, Taliesin. Tours take up to three hours, and since guides don't allow talking, you won't even notice that you're alone.
Isn't man always alone? Contemplate that, and other big questions, while trying to understand the power of Mark Rothko's art at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.
Thomas Struth
Isn't man always alone? Contemplate that, and other big questions, while trying to understand the power of Mark Rothko's art at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.
Nothing fights loneliness like hunger. If you're stuck in Dallas, take advantage of the local food scene, and go on a taco crawl.
Alexander Flores and Jose Ralat Maldonado
Nothing fights loneliness like hunger. If you're stuck in Dallas, take advantage of the local food scene, and go on a taco crawl.
For those who prefer the sweet to the savory, a cupcake tour of Manhattan is a great way to see the city, no buddies required.
Lauren Shockey
For those who prefer the sweet to the savory, a cupcake tour of Manhattan is a great way to see the city, no buddies required.
Another great thing to do alone: Drink with two hands. Take a tour in the country of Anheuser-Busch or micro-brews in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sarah Baraba
Another great thing to do alone: Drink with two hands. Take a tour in the country of Anheuser-Busch or micro-brews in St. Louis, Missouri.
Actually, plenty of fun requires no small talk, like taking surf lessons in Orange County, California.
Kevin Lara
Actually, plenty of fun requires no small talk, like taking surf lessons in Orange County, California.
Every first Friday of the month, Denver's Santa Fe Drive, just south of downtown and home to art galleries, performance spaces, restaurants, and bars, open its doors. The streets are crowded with a variety of colorful characters, types of music, smells, fashion and food. With so much stimulation, it's hard to feel alone.
Brandon Marshall
Every first Friday of the month, Denver's Santa Fe Drive, just south of downtown and home to art galleries, performance spaces, restaurants, and bars, open its doors. The streets are crowded with a variety of colorful characters, types of music, smells, fashion and food. With so much stimulation, it's hard to feel alone.
The traditional lonely businessman's pitstop is the peep-show, but at the Lusty Lady, the classic views comes with a twist. The San Francisco strip club is employee owned, the only such co-op in America. So even if your lap dancer is objectified, she's also empowered.
The traditional lonely businessman's pitstop is the peep-show, but at the Lusty Lady, the classic views comes with a twist. The San Francisco strip club is employee owned, the only such co-op in America. So even if your lap dancer is objectified, she's also empowered.
No one can tell you're alone in a movie theater, what better place to see a movie than L.A.? For Valentine's Day, local art house Cinefamily is showing a mash-up of the "100 Most Outrageous Fucks" in film. Actually, that might not be the best thing to see alone on Valentine's Day.
Anna Jones
No one can tell you're alone in a movie theater, what better place to see a movie than L.A.? For Valentine's Day, local art house Cinefamily is showing a mash-up of the "100 Most Outrageous Fucks" in film. Actually, that might not be the best thing to see alone on Valentine's Day.